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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on - painful and forever altered, but ripe with new beginnings. For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected....

Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her: Monica paints a vivid picture of her family, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.

When Monica dies, Julie inherits from her an antique portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him back to Biloxi and New Orleans to see the family he has never met, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old relative, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a family history she never knew.

©2011 Karen White (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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  • amcbmoore
  • Fairhope, AL United States
  • 07-07-11

Great book! Awful southern accent

I have never written a review before but Amy's southern accent was so grating that I had to comment
about it. The book was great but the awful really was distracting.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • St. Thomas, ON, Canada
  • 12-08-12

Good book for a long trip

Would you listen to The Beach Trees again? Why?

I enjoyed this book while on a long car trip. The long story was a perfect match to the long journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beach Trees?

The discriptions of the storm damage were so real I felt like I too was there.

What aspect of Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond ’s performance would you have changed?

The accents didn't ring quite true.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really one moment, just the developement of the people.

Any additional comments?

I would not recomend this book to anyone in a hurry, you need to just enjoy the slow reveal

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The ending was very weak

This book was a very good until chapter 29 and 30. I am tired of the homosexuality thing being crammed down my throat every time I read a book buy a modern-day author

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Mystery in New Orleans

Classic Karen White. Family mystery told in flashback. Great character development. Some may argue a predictable storyline, but there were a few twists to the plot. Overall, a great story. Loved Amy's character.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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l Loved it from the beginning . Very intriguing

One of Karen Whites best. Narrator very good, and pleasant to listen to. Too short.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • MS
  • 08-14-12

Karen White, one of my favorite authors

This book switches from past to present and kept me on the edge of my seat!! Would recommend.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

Karen White knows how to write a story, a good story, maybe not much of a mystery but a good story. This is not her best.

The narration is atrocious, So bad that I have thought of putting the book down several times. I tend to write down the names of narrators whom I have enjoyed but this time I will be writing down the names of narrators who will automatically delete a book from my listening pleasure. Their voices do not match the characters they portray. Their audible acting capability is distracting. I do hope Karen White finds Theresa again as she brought something to the party of listening.

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NEVER a slow moment

Sure, not always high energy but this was one of my favorites of Karen White....wait, not true....honestly, I have loved each and every one of her books 📚!!

Thank you Karen White....PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!!

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The narration killed the story.

I couldn't finish the book, the awful southern accent was more than I could take.

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Interesting Plot

I've noticed that the Karen White's books I've listened to have strong grandmothers as central and influential characters. That's the case in this story, as well, although it seems that Amy's story is a little more developed in Beach Trees. I enjoy the local aspect of her books, as well, and the accurate sense of the cities and communities featured therein.

I was not really crazy about the narration. The accents seemed a little off, and a little too generic Southern. Not every Southerner drops their "g"s.